AISC awards six of 13 national steel construction awards for California projects

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The Herrick Corp. won one of two national steel constrution for 181 Fremont in San Fransisco. The other national winner was Superior Court of California in San Diego

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has awarded six of 13 national awards to California projects — including two of the three in the largest category — projects of $75 million and above.

AISC”s IDEAS2 Awards (Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel) recognize what the association says is “excellence and innovation in the use of structural steel on building products across the country.”

The winning projects and their respective team members will be recognized at the 2019 NASCC: The Steel Conference, April 3-5 in St. Louis.

“These are fantastic projects that put the talents and creativity of the designers and constructors on display. We celebrate them and the way these projects show the extent and diversity of what steel can do,” said Charles J. Carter, S.E., P.E., Ph.D., president of AISC. “We thank the award-winning teams for delivering such inspiration!”

A panel of design and construction industry professionals identified National and Merit winners in three categories, based on total constructed value: projects greater than $75 million; projects $15 million to $75 million; and projects less than $15 million. In addition, the panel awarded a Sculpture/Installation/Non-Building Structure Award, and Presidential Awards for Excellence in Fabrication and Erection Engineering to Facilitate Adaptive Reuse.

California projects include:

Projects Greater than $75 Million

california superior court san diego
The California Superior Court building in San Diego

National Award: 181 Fremont St., San Francisco
National Award: Superior Court of California – San Diego

Projects $15 Million to $75 Million

Spectrum IV San Diego
Spectrum IV San Diego

National Award: Spectrum IV, San Diego

Projects Less than $15 Million

Vesterpine Culver City
Vespertine Culver City

National Award: Vespertine, Culver City, Calif.

Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn, Paso Robles

Merit Award: Saxum Vineyard Equipment Bard, Paso Robles, Calif.

Sculpture/Installation/Non-Building Structure

Helen Diller Civic Center playground
Helen Diller Civic Center playground San Francisco

Helen Diller Civic Center Playground, San Francisco

Overall, the 13 IDEAS2 winners were chosen from nearly 100 submissions received from architectural, engineering and construction firms throughout the U.S. Each project was judged on its use of structural steel from both an architectural and structural engineering perspective, with an emphasis on: creative solutions to the project’s program requirements; applications of innovative design approaches in areas such as connections, gravity systems, lateral load resisting systems, fire protection and blast; aesthetic and visual impact of the project; innovative use of architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS); technical or architectural advances in the use of the steel; and the use of innovative design and construction methods.

The IDEAS2 program also recognizes the importance of teamwork, coordination and collaboration in fostering successful construction projects. Awards for each winning project will be presented to the project team members involved in the design and construction of the structural framing system, including the architect, structural engineer of record, general contractor, owner and AISC member fabricator, erector, detailer and bender-roller. The awards are presented to the team members at ceremonies held at each of the winning projects during the year.

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